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Exemptions and Waivers from Nonresident Tuition

Find out about exemptions and waivers from residence requirements.

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Members and dependents of members of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Member of the U.S. Armed Forces (CALIFORNIA EDUCATION CODE ## 68075)*
    • Stationed in California on active duty, not for educational purposes = resident for as long as the student maintains eligibility.
  • Former Member of the U.S. Armed Forces (CALIFORNIA EDUCATION CODE ## 68075.5; 38 U.S.C. ##3679)*
    • Stationed in California on active duty for more than one year immediately prior to discharge = exemption for length of time student lives in state after discharge up to minimum time necessary to become a resident. Disqualification: a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge.
    • Effective for terms beginning after July 15, 2015: lives in California and is eligible for education benefits under Chapter 30/33 = nonresident with exemption from nonresident supplemental tuition.  Student must be:
      • A veteran who enrolls within three years of discharge or released from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more or
      • A spouse or dependent child using transferred benefits who enrolls within three years of the transferor's discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more or
      • A spouse or dependent child of a person who enrolls within three years of the service members death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
      • Continuous enrollment is required.
  • Child or Spouse of a Member of the U.S. Armed Forces (CALIFORNIA EDUCATION CODE ## 68074)*
    • Student dependent of Member of U.S. Armed Forces stationed in California on active duty = resident for as long as maintains eligibility requirements.  If parent transfers or retires, dependent shall not lose residence so long as student remains continuously enrolled in UC,
  • Member of the U.S. Armed Forces (based on federal law: The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008)*
    • Active duty more than 30 days (which may start before and continue after RDD), with domicile or permanent duty station in California = nonresident with exemption from nonresident supplemental tuition. Continuous enrollment is required. Member will not lose exemption even if permanent duty station changed to outside of California.
  • Child or Spouse of a Member of the U.S. Armed Forces (HEOA)
    • Student dependent of a member of the armed forces on active duty more than 30 days (which can start before and continue after RDD), with domicile or permanent duty station in California = nonresident with exemption from nonresident supplemental tuition even if military member's permanent duty station changed to outside California.
    • Pursuant to HEOA:
      • Military member may qualify even if in state for educational purposes.
      • Military member may qualify if permanent duty station is outside of the state so long as member maintains a domicile in California.

*As of the residence determination date for the term.

Child, spouse, or registered domestic partner of a faculty member

To the extent funds are available, if you are an unmarried dependent child under age 21, spouse, or registered domestic partner of a member of the University faculty who is a member of the Academic Senate, you may be eligible for a waiver of the nonresident tuition fee. Confirmation of the faculty member's membership on the Academic Senate must be secured each term this waiver is granted.

Child, spouse, or registered domestic partner of a university employee

You may be entitled to resident classification if you are a full-time University employee, or the unmarried dependent child, spouse, or registered domestic partner of a full-time University employee who is assigned to work outside of California (e.g., Los Alamos National Laboratory, UC Center in Washington, D.C.). A review will be conducted each term to verify continuation of the applicable status.

Child, spouse, or registered domestic partner of a deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employee

You may be entitled to a waiver of the nonresident tuition fee if you are the child, spouse, or registered domestic partner of a deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employee who was a California resident at the time of his or her death and who was killed in the course of fire suppression or law enforcement duties.

Dependent child of a California resident (divorced/ separated parents)

A student who has not been an adult resident of California for more than one year, and who is the dependent child of a California resident who has been a resident for more than one year immediately prior to the residence determination date, may be entitled to a waiver of the nonresident tuition until the student has lived in California for the minimum time necessary to become a resident so long as continuous attendance is maintained at an institution. (See also Residence Rules for Minors/ Guardians.)

Native American graduate of a Bureau of Indian Affairs high school

If you are a graduate of a California high school operated by the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, you may be eligible for an exemption from the nonresident fee.

Employee of a California public school district

Any person holding a valid credential authorizing service in the public schools of the state of California who is employed by a school district in a full-time certificate position may be eligible for a nonresident tuition waiver.

Student athlete in training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center

Any amateur student athlete in training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista may be eligible for a waiver of nonresident tuition until he or she has lived in the state the minimum time necessary to become a resident.

Graduate of a California high school (AB540)

A student who attended high school in California for three* or more years (ninth grade included) and graduated from a California high school (or attained the equivalent) may be exempt from nonresident tuition.

*As of January 1, 2015, you may be eligible for AB 540 if you are a UC nonresident student who has successfully completed three years of high school academic credit in fewer than three years, provided you can document having been enrolled in school in California for at least three academic years during K-12 enrollment.

See Resources for Undocumented Students and eligibility requirements and details.

AB540 Affidavit (PDF) 

Recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor

Any undergraduate student who is a recipient of a Congressional Medal of Honor or who is the child of a recipient may be eligible. The recipient must be a California resident and the student may not be older than 27, and must have an annual income that does not exceed the national poverty level. If the medal recipient was a parent who died, the parent must have been a California resident at the time of his or her death.

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